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16 October 2011 @ 05:56 pm
Thagirion and Sorath drawing coming along  
I was well enough to wash the patio today. Luckily it looked worse than it really was. It was fairly easy to clean and now it's better. Today's been a slow day and I've just mostly been working on my art. I don't usually like to post half done art but since this is a hard one and is taking me so long I figured you guys might like to see the process. Not just hear me talking about something I'm doing. This is a screen cap of part of photoshop showing my work.

It's not that much bigger when enlarged. But you can see my layers on the right. I'm shading Thagirion now with orange and yellow. I did the reds and oranges first which was long and boring. But now that I'm adding the yellow it's really making him look fiery and is more fun. But I still have a long way to go. He's so detailed. Then I get to add the inky shine and work on his wings. I was pretty mad earlier because for some reason photoshop ate my lines and left them all pixely. I had to re-import them from Illustrator and could never get them to line up perfectly. So I had to re do all the flat colors. I did think of a way around it for Thag at least because I didn't want to magic wand each of his bones all over again. Still I was annoyed I had to do that because the edges though already colored had white parts where the lines didn't line up with the flat shapes underneath. This isn't the first time I've had this kind of aggavation so I think that I'm going to treat photoshop documents the way I do save files for video games. I'll have two and alternate them. That way if I do screw up or one glitches I won't be set back to the beginning. The one on back up won't be as far back and I can continue with that one. The last time was when I had my PSD file of Cope jumping out of the car get corrupted. That was the worst! I still get upset when I see that drawing because I think of that. But I was telling Chris that these drawing that are so aggravating are the ones that are worth all the effort. It's not the journey it's the desination. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. So yeah I have a feeling this will be a very cool drawing once finished.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
kabuldurkabuldur on October 17th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
It's probably best not to work too hard at first until your back heals up more. It must be a good feeling to get the patio all cleaned up.

That artwork sounds like you would have to have a lot of patience for it. I don't know if I could persist for that long. But that's what it takes! Your drawing looks really good and I think it will turn out excellently. Lots of action in it!
Des: Drawingthagirion on October 17th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I still need to take it easy, but that was bugging me and it had to be done. Yes it is.

Yeah, definitely need patience. Insulting the computer helps a lot too. Thanks. I'm definitely looking forward to the final product.
rhodielady_47 on October 17th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
I am in awe at the amount of skill AND patience you have to be able to do that level of work on a computer drawing.
I look forward to seeing the completed drawing.
Des: Drawingthagirion on October 17th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Complaining helps. This is one of those few times I think it's necessary to get through something like this.
As do I. I know it will be worth it in the end.
suzidragonlady: Suzi - Clear Skysuzidragonlady on October 17th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
I have been extremely slow with art lately... *huh*

In the case of this picture it might not make a big difference because you have a lot of filigree and crossed lines but when you have a character that fills out the canvas more then you can use the magic wand tool inverse, I select everything outside of the lines with the magic wand, go to Select-Inverse and then Select-Modify-Contract and there with mostly 2 or 3 px depending on how thick the lines are. ;) One still has to check if there are parts where the colour went outside the lines but I still think that it is faster that way.
Des: Thank Youthagirion on October 17th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That's actually what I did so I wouldn't have to re color every bone. I did have to erase only a little big on parts that went outside. I forgot about using contract so that is helpful. What is filigree?

I have been very slow. I think this will be my second real drawing just for this year. I'm trying to produce more before it's all over.
suzidragonlady: Suzi - Clear Skysuzidragonlady on November 6th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh sorry I so forgot to answer here too.

With filigree I just meant thin, graceful in a sensitive way (the thin bony structures there). Such kind of art is always hard to fill and outline no matter what method is used.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Drawingsilvolf on October 18th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
The drawing looks great so far! I love their poses, so dynamic!
Des: The Sorrion  Songthagirion on October 18th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks. This one will be cool once done.